New License & ID Cards

Read more about changes to the Vermont Driver's License and ID Cards

Identity Documents

You will need documentation from each of the 4 categories below:

  1. Proof of identity and age
  2. Proof of lawful status in the United States
  3. Proof of Social Security Number
  4. Proof of Vermont residency and current address

NOTE: EDL has different requirements. More information...

Proof of Identity and Age

Each applicant for a Learner's Permit, Driver's License, Junior Driver’s License, Commercial Driver’s License or Non-driver ID is required to show documentary proof of identity and date and place of birth. Documents must contain the full name and date of birth and must be verifiable, i.e., we must be able to contact the issuing agency to determine the authenticity of the document. Proof of identity shall be one (1) source document from the following list:

  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport.
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate filed with a State Office of Vital Statistics or equivalent agency in the individual's state of birth. More information »
  • Driver's license or identification card issued in compliance with the standards established by Real ID (cannot be expired more than one year).
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) (Form FS–240, DS–1350 or FS–545) issued by the U.S. Department of State.
  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I–551) issued by DHS or USCIS.
  • Unexpired Employment Authorization Document (EAD) (Form I–766 or Form I–688B) issued by DHS.
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 Form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States.
  • Certificate of Naturalization (Form N–550 or Form N–570) issued by DHS.
  • Certificate of Citizenship (Form N–560 or Form N–561) issued by DHS.
  • If name on license is/will be other than the name that appears on a primary source document (for example, through marriage, adoption, court order, or other mechanism permitted by State law or regulation), evidence of the name change through the presentation of documents issued by a court, governmental body or other entity as determined by the Commissioner is required. DMV will maintain copies of the documentation presented, and maintain a record of both the recorded name and the name on the primary source documents.

Note: Additional documentation may be required at the DMV's discretion if documentation submitted is questionable or if there is reason to believe the person is not who s/he claims to be. Driver's license personnel will determine if documents provided from this list are authentic, valid, and acceptable. Photocopies and faxes of documents will NOT be accepted.


Proof of Lawful Status

  • If applying for an Enhanced License (EDL) Proof of US Citizenship is required. More information »
  • Undocumented immigrants have different identification and residency requirements. More information »

The documents required for proof of identity and date of birth will also establish lawful status in the United States, provided the Vermont DMV is able to authenticate and verify the documents under existing and available verification systems.

The Vermont DMV uses a U.S. Department of Homeland Security program known as Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) to electronically verify immigration documents issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • Proof of Lawful Presence must have a minimum of 30 days remaining.
  • Expiration date of Vermont Learner Permit and/or Driver License will coincide with the expiration of valid legal status obtained from documentation provided.


Proof of Social Security Number

See the guidelines for acceptable documentation of your Social Security Number.
More information »


Proof of Vermont Residency

See the guidelines for acceptable documentation of Vermont residency and address.
More information »


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Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05603-0001

Monday-Friday: 7:45am-4:30pm
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